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The Development of Newtonian Calculus in Britain, 1700-1800

Niccolò Guicciardini

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ISBN 10: 0521524849 / ISBN 13: 9780521524841
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2003
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Title: The Development of Newtonian Calculus in ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Guicciardini presents a comprehensive survey of both the research and teaching of Newtonian calculus, the calculus of "fluxions", over the period between 1700 and 1810. Although Newton was one of the inventors of calculus, the developments in Britain remained separate from the rest of Europe for over a century. While it is usually maintained that after Newton there was a period of decline in British mathematics, the author's research demonstrates that the methods used by researchers of the period yielded considerable success in laying the foundations and investigating the applications of the calculus. Even when "decline" set in, in mid century, the foundations of the reform were being laid, which were to change the direction and nature of the mathematics community. The book considers the importance of Isaac Newton, Roger Cotes, Brook Taylor, James Stirling, Abraham de Moivre, Colin Maclaurin, Thomas Bayes, John Landen and Edward Waring. This will be a useful book for students and researchers in the history of science, philosophers of science and undergraduates studying the history of mathematics.

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This book examines the development of calculus in Britain during the century following Newton. It shows that the methods used by researchers of the period yielded considerable success in laying the foundations and investigating the applications of the calculus.

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